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ESMT AI for Managers

AI for Managers

Executive education program in English

AI for Managers – Embracing the potential of AI (AIM.3)

Duration: 4 Days
Location: Berlin
Dates: 25. - 28. Nov 2024
4,800 €

AI for Managers – Embracing the potential of AI (AIM.4)

Duration: 4 Days
Location: Berlin
Dates: 11. - 14. Mar 2025
4,800 €

AI for Managers – Embracing the potential of AI (AIM.5)

Duration: 4 Days
Location: Berlin
Dates: 1. - 4. Jul 2025
4,800 €

AI for Managers – Embracing the potential of AI (AIM.6)

Duration: 4 Days
Location: Berlin
Dates: 18. - 21. Nov 2025
4,800 €

Embrace the potential of AI

Joint program with:

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AI is reshaping the world of business and opening up new horizons for value creation. As AI applications become more integrated into our everyday lives, there are ever increasing opportunities to enhance existing products, processes and services or create entirely new ones.

Whether you are a seasoned executive or an aspiring leader, it is crucial that you understand how to leverage and implement this power. In AI for Managers, you will be deeply immersed in this exciting new technology, and develop the skills required to unlock its potential in your organization.

ESMT Berlin has partnered with Europe's largest AI investment platform Merantix, to deliver an interactive syllabus with experts and practitioners, directly on the Merantix AI campus and ESMT campus in Berlin.

  • Develop a strategic vision and a practical roadmap for AI in your organization
  • Unlock new skills and insights you can use to embrace the potential of AI
  • Connect with and learn from founders in the AI startup scene
  • Learn the essentials of AI — its terminology, capabilities, limitations and future potential

AI is the future of business, and you can be part of it.

AI for Managers – Embracing the potential of AI (AIM.3)

Duration: 4 Days
Location: Berlin
Dates: 25. - 28. Nov 2024
4,800 €

AI for Managers – Embracing the potential of AI (AIM.4)

Duration: 4 Days
Location: Berlin
Dates: 11. - 14. Mar 2025
4,800 €

AI for Managers – Embracing the potential of AI (AIM.5)

Duration: 4 Days
Location: Berlin
Dates: 1. - 4. Jul 2025
4,800 €

AI for Managers – Embracing the potential of AI (AIM.6)

Duration: 4 Days
Location: Berlin
Dates: 18. - 21. Nov 2025
4,800 €

Your profile

  • You are a mid-to-senior level executive, with eight or more years of experience 

  • You want to gain a strategic understanding of AI and its applications 

  • You want to upskill and advance your career and prepare for an AI-led future  

  • You are a founder or entrepreneur who wants to create or expand your business in the field of AI 


  • Demystify AI terminology and understand the key underlying concepts of predictive machine learning vs generative AI
  • Explore the practical applications and use cases of AI
  • Learn how to develop a successful AI strategy for your business  
  • Understand the core challenges of AI implementation, and how to avoid common pitfalls
  • Improved prompting skills in order to drive individual efficiency
  • Develop your understanding of AI regulations, fairness and ethics
  • Network with business leaders and tech experts; share experiences and best practices in AI implementation 
  • Connect with the AI startup scene and learn from founders who are building relevant, innovative use cases 
  • Get the chance to reflect and work on your own AI agenda and receive feedback from your peers 



  • Foundations of AI – predictive Machine Learning vs Generative AI
  • The business value of AI – practical use case examples 
  • The data value chain – the importance of data 
  • From AI idea to RoAI – what makes a good AI use case 
  • AI strategy & governance – pillars to a successful alignment of AI with corporate objectives 
  • AI implementation – leveraging AI to create value 
  • Ethics and AI – fairness, bias and transparency 
  • AI compliance – a regulatory perspective 
  • Exchange with AI startups – connect with the preeminent European AI ecosystem 
  • AI and leadership –  the impact of AI technology on the future of work and collaboration 


  • Ranked #1 business school in Germany and among the best in the world by the Financial Times
  • Located in Berlin, one of Europe's biggest startup hubs
  • The program is delivered in collaboration with Europe’s largest AI investment platform Merantix


Find out more.

An introduction to AI for Managers

Dive deeper into AI for Managers and how it helps to equip leaders with the tools to effectively leverage AI tools.

Meet our teaching staff

The program will be led by ESMT faculty members, ESMT visiting faculty and renowned Merantix AI experts. They will guide and advise you throughout your studies.

Carolin Puppel

Program Director, Executive Programs, ESMT Berlin

Philipp Hartmann

Director of AI Strategy, appliedAI Initiative

Urs Müller

Visiting Lecturer, ESMT Berlin and Associate Professor of Practice, SDA Bocconi

Moritz Schröder

Strategy Lead at Merantix Momentum

Program Structure

Day 1

Laying the foundations of the AI journey

On the first day, you will gain a solid understanding of the fundamentals of AI, including its terminology, capabilities and limitations. We will explore the key differences between predictive machine learning and Generative AI and establish practical applications of AI across various industries and organizations, and learn from realworld examples. To round up the day, you will learn more about prompt engineering and get firsthand experience working with a GenAI assistant to solve a business problem.


Day 2

Setting an AI Strategy and implementing projects successfully

On the second day, you will explore how to put ideas into action. You will learn how to identify and evaluate potential AI use cases and how to develop an AI strategy that aligns with corporate objectives. You will examine the core challenges and how to avoid the common pitfalls of AI implementation. You will learn how to identify the right AI use cases and discover how to find and use valuable data for AI solutions.

Day 3

Practicing: Developing  AI solutions - from Idea to validation (Merantix AI Campus)

On the third day, you will take a deeper dive into the implementation of AI. This includes a hands-on workshop where you’ll get to explore the different steps that are required when developing an AI application using an AI business canvas, as well as taking a deeper look at the lifecycle of an AI project. We also look at the methods you can use to measure success (RoAI). The day culminates with workshop where you will get a chance to explore your own AI agenda in more detail, from two unique perspectives:

  • AI Strategist, for participants who have a specific use case in mind and want to translate what they have learnt so far to this case.
  • GenAI Practitioner, for participants who would like to increase their individual efficiency by applying GenAI tools and expand their prompting skills/ Gen-AI literacy.

Day 4

Guardrails of AI and the future of work  

On the fourth and final day, we take a look at the essential EU laws and regulations that have emerged in response to AI, particularly generative models. Alongside this, we explore and discuss the ethical considerations relating to AI, including bias, privacy, fairness, and accountability. We then learn how to contextualize AI in your business and understand its potential effects on your workforce, including skill profiles, leadership techniques, and productivity. 
The day ends with a final outlook on the latest AI trends and a forecast of what we can expect in this field over the next five years.

How you will learn

The program offers an engaging and high-impact learning experience that strategically combining a variety of interactive teaching methods: 

  • Lectures by leading academics and experts in the field 
  • Group discussions 
  • Hands-on activities to apply and practice newly acquired insights 
  • Working with Chatgpt Plus 
  • AI Workshop: Get time to work on your own AI agenda and receive feedback from your peers, whether you want to focus on how AI will impact your business model and strategy, how you can translate and implement what you have learned so far to your current role, or for those that would like to get more “Hands on” practice work with GenAI tools/  GenAI assistants. 

About Merantix

Berlin-based Merantix is the world's first artificial intelligence (AI) platform dedicated to researching, building and investing in AI companies. The company’s offering is threefold, comprising a Venture Studio & Investment arm (‘Merantix’), an AI research and solutions provider (‘Merantix Momentum’), and a physical AI collaboration hub (‘Merantix AI Campus’). Via this unique combination, Merantix has pioneered the transfer of AI research into real-world applications by building startups from scratch as well as supporting existing companies to accelerate the research transfer. 



Great overview of AI technology - every theoretical part is manifested by practical work.

André Lux, Head of IT Europe, Dayton Progress GmbH

Well balanced theory and practical approach. Good selection of presenters and content to not only explain but provide insights and practical advises. Learning by doing in a nutshell.

Dieter Kerkhoff, Executive Strategy & Business Consultant

The program brings a new and unique perspective on how to enable different AI capabilities within business. I would recommend this course to anyone who is open to innovation and wants to keep up with the changing world.

Arta Saulite, VP | Global Legal, Compliance & Risk Operations, Allianz Global Investors

Great introduction to AI and the opportunities & challenges it brings for individuals and corporations.

Joaquin Molina, Global Head Human Resources at RWE Supply & Trading

Great experience and amazing insights into the business application of AI. I highly recommend it.

Sven Büsing, Director Retail Commercial & Sales Operations at Diebold Nixdorf
Postgraduate Diploma in Management

Participate in multiple programs and earn ESMT's postgraduate diploma in management — a university-level certificate that formally recognizes your professional development.

Your Program Advisor

Your program advisor

​​​​​​​Beatrix Becker
Head of Business Development, ESMT Berlin

Phone: +49 30 21231 6205

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